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Will of John Buffett
I John Buffett of Jersey Harbor Fortune Bay Newfoundland Fisherman and Planter being sound in mind but weak in body and knowing that it is appointed unto all men once to die do make this my last will and testament First I give and bequeath to my dear wife Jane all the monies which I may die possessed of for her own sole use and behoof I give my dwelling house at Jersey Harbor to my grandson Thomas Buffett on condition that he does not allow my said wife ever to want necessary care and maintenance- I appoint William Pink of Jersey Harbor executor of this my last will and testament and I request him to pay all my just debts and funeral expences out of my property. In witness whereof I have set my hand and seal at Jersey Harbor aforesaid this day of May one thousand eight hundred and seventy-six John Buffett his X mark witness W.K. White. Signed sealed and delivered by the above testator in the presence of us and of each other Rebecca Buffett, Hannah Fudge her X mark witness W.K. White.
I John Buffett of Jersey Harbor, Fortune Bay Newfoundland, fisherman and planter add this codicil to my last will and testament within-mentioned dated May one thousand eight hundred and seventy-six to state that I name David Sclater Esquire Merchant of Saint John’s the other executor of my said last will and testament (William Pink being the other executor) In witness whereof I have set my hand & seal at Jersey Harbor aforesaid this ninth day of September one thousand eight hundred and seventy-six (the same having been first read over and explained) John his X mark Buffett (LS) Philip Hubert, witness. Signed sealed and delivered by the above testator in the presence of us and of each other, Hannah her X mark Pink. Hannah her X mark White. Philip Hubert, witness, Rebecca Buffett.
Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are either hand-written copies or in later years typed copies of a, "last will and testament," written or typed by the court clerk, after the death of the testator, when the executor presented them to the court for probate. The court clerk didn't list the signatures at the bottom, he (or she) just put them in the book in whatever order they were in, on the original document, no spacing most of the time, no punctuation and also no paragraphs. The originals were kept by the executor.
We who have typed these wills, have made every effort to include all the errors that were on the microfilm, in order to avoid destroying the integrity of the originals, where ever they may be. However, in some of the very long wills, we have tried to insert paragraphs to make it easier for the researcher to read the document.
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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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